Washington, D.C.’s Uighur community urges Biden to recognize ‘occupied country’

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WASHINGTON, D.C.- Activists and members of Washington, D.C.’s Uighur community rallied in front of the White House to call on President Joe Biden to recognize East Turkistan as a country occupied by China, which has been accused of human rights violations against the ethnic group in the region. The rally was timed to coincide with the end of Captive Nations Week, which has its origins in the Cold War, when the U.S. government designated certain communist countries as “captive nations.” In this year’s captive nations proclamation, released July 16, Biden explicitly called out the human rights situation in western China, writing, “We hear millions of Uighurs and other ethnic and religious minorities in Xinjiang, China, who have been unjustly interned and subject to surveillance and forced labor.” (UPI)

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